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Pat Petrillo’s drum solo on “Runnin”

This month’s transcription is Pat Petrillo’s solo on the song “Runnin’” from his recording Pat Petrillo: The Big Rhythm Band, The Power Station Sessions. He explains, “We do a cool version of Earth Wind and Fire’s “Runnin’.” They were in…

Transcription by Terry Branam
Jan 31, 2023

Realistic Reggae Rock, Part II

Awesome Drum Fill Ideas for Irie Playing In the April issue, we kicked off your journey through Carmine Appice’s Realistic Reggae Rock with a session on hi-hat patterns. This month, Carmine unveils some cool and authentic reggae fills. Dig in!…

By Carmine Appice
May 17, 2021

Realistic Reggae Rock

Hi-Hat Patterns, Part I Starting with this month’s issue, Modern Drummer is offering a three-part series curated from Carmine Appice’s brilliant book, Realistic Reggae Rock . Get those hi-hats grooving, gang! Part I consists of hi-hat patterns that apply to…

Modern Drummer
Mar 26, 2021

Gene Hoglan

The Man, the Machine, the Atomic Clock Gene Hoglan has been raising the bar in extreme metal drumming for decades. The list of iconic metal bands he’s played with is ridiculous: Death, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Dark Angel, Old Man’s…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2021

Jojo Mayer

Style and Analysis, Part 2 We took a look at some of the incredible work of forward-thinking master drummer Jojo Mayer and his band Nerve back in the September 2020 issue. Jojo’s playing is so innovative and virtuosic that we…

Modern Drummer
Jan 1, 2021

Todd Sucherman - A Smattering of Hits Outside the Prog-Rock Sphere of Styx

A Smattering of Hits Outside the Prog-Rock Sphere of Styx Todd Sucherman is one of the modern greats of the drumset. His powerfully precise drumming has been driving the legendary prog-rock band Styx for a quarter century and is still…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2020

Tony Allen

A Tribute to the King of Afrobeat Drumming Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen’s contribution to modern music runs as deep as his groove. As the creator of an entirely new drumming style, his contributions are profound, and his influence has reached…

Modern Drummer
Oct 1, 2020

Jojo Mayer

Part 1 The iconic drummer Jojo Mayer and his band Nerve are an anomaly within a sea of artists in the electronic dance music scene. However, their collective influences run much deeper than the genre might suggest. With a pedigree…

Modern Drummer
Aug 1, 2020

Modern-Jazz/Rock/Fusion Powerhouse Ronald Bruner Jr..

Grammy-winning drummer, producer, singer, and songwriter Ronald Bruner Jr. is one of today’s most electrifying performers. His exciting “no holds barred” approach has gained the respect of some of the industry’s top artists, and his genre-busting style is a combination…

Modern Drummer
Jul 8, 2020

Dirk Verbeuren

An In-Depth Look at Extreme Metal’s Master Blaster. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly Magazine 47 Years of Archives (500+ Issues) 40+ Drum Channel Subscribe Now All Access…

Modern Drummer
Jun 2, 2020

The Big Beat of Hard-Bop Great Art Blakey

In both deeds and words, Art Blakey was the definition of a dedicated jazz musician, mentor, and musical messenger. His driving, thunderous, and propulsive playing style synthesized the rhythmic approach of West African drumming coupled with American blues. TO READ…

Steve Fidyk
May 1, 2020

Neil Peart: The Deep Cuts

Neil Peart has left behind a gigantic body of work that ensures his legacy will live on in perpetuity. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly Magazine 47 Years…

By Aaron Edgar
Mar 31, 2020

Buddy Rich - “Stars and Stripes Forever”

By 1929, a twelve-year-old Buddy Rich was already a seasoned performer, having been an integral part of his parents’ vaudeville act since he was eighteen months old. According to Mel Tormé’s biography of Rich, Traps: The Drum Wonder, with the…

by Eric Fischer
Sep 28, 2018

John Clardy On Tera Melos’s Trash Generator

Diving Deep Into the Experimental Trio’s Latest Release

Article by Austin Burcham | Photo by Colin Eldridge
Jan 31, 2018